Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Rootz Underground

Rootz Underground have been performing together for around 10 years starting with small underground club shows in Kingston at venues such as The Village Café and Red Bones all the way to the largest stages in Jamaica including Sunsplash, Rebel Salute, Welcome to Jamrock, Reggaelution, Sumfest and Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues repeatedly.
The band consists of six core members Stephen Newland (lead vocals), Jeffrey Moss-Solomon (rhythm guitar, vocals), Colin Young (bass), Leon Campbell (drums), Paul Smith (keyboards, vocals) and Charles Lazarus (lead guitar) and together over the last decade they have won many fans and the respect of their contempories for their explosive live shows and projecting a collective energy that captivates audiences with its pure intention. In 2008 they toured America extensively on joint bills with foundation powerhouses such as Gregory Isaacs, Israel Vibration, The Wailing Souls, Dean Fraser as well as acts such as Anthony B and Tarrus Riley. They have played both the Raggamuffins Festival as well as The Sierra Nevada World Music Festival in California and most notably they also released their debut album “MOVEMENT”. This 19-song album was a much lauded combination of moody Jazz influenced guitar solos, nimble keyboards, ethereal segues, delay effects, traditional African/Jamaican hand drums all topped off with rock music sensibilities that produced some hard-hitting grooves, intense builds and smooth transitions back to the one-drop reggae rhythm.
Their second studio album entitled “GRAVITY” has just been released and continues this eclectic mix of styles and you can read a full review of the album at…..


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